The international break came at a good time for Manchester United after losing the Manchester derby 3-1, which ended a run of three straight away matches in all competitions. This is their first match at Old Trafford in almost a month.
The break also came at a good time for Crystal Palace, who are winless in seven matches (D1, L6). Although, Roy Hodgson now has fresh injury concerns to contend with ahead of their trip to Old Trafford, where they have failed to score in their last five attempts.
United have never lost a Premier League match against Palace home or away and you have to go back to 1991 to find their last league defeat to the Eagles. Neither side are in great form but anything less than three points would be a huge disappointment for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Manchester United- Luke Shaw serves a one-match ban for Manchester United after picking up his fifth booking of the Premier League season before the international break. Latest weekend games are available on Site
With Ashley Young expected to start at left-back, Antonio Valencia could make his first appearance for United in almost two months. Alternatively, summer signing Diogo Dalot is available again and could make his league debut at right-back. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Manchester United vs Crystal Palace”
Manchester City starts the weekend top of the league but they could be as low as third by the time the derby starts. Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in the league this season and have kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven in the competition.
City have only conceded four league goals all season and three were by defenders and the other was a Danny Ings penalty.
Manchester United have conceded the first goal in each of their last three away matches but have avoided defeat in all three games (W2, D1) after producing a remarkable comeback against Juventus in midweek, winning 2-1. Jose Mourinho’s side are also the only side to beat City at the Etihad in the Premier League in the last 37 games there.
Despite showing signs of revival in recent weeks, it would be a huge surprise if United even managed a draw on Sunday. City are producing jaw-dropping football on a weekly basis and should prove too much for Mourinho’s men. There will certainly be no way back for United if they continue to start games poorly. City are too ruthless for that and will certainly punish any mistakes. Various betting options are available on site for this weekend games
Manchester City- Vincent Kompany and Benjamin Mendy were given the night off in Wednesday’s 6-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk. The latter will certainly start here, while Kompany, who has a great derby record, will also hope to feature. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Manchester United”
This promises to be a hugely entertaining encounter and Arsenal’s list of potential absentees – all defensive players – will leave Liverpool’s strikeforce in confident mood.
The Gunners haven’t found goals hard to come by themselves, of course, and will fancy their chances of ruining their visitors’ impressive defensive record.
The last five meetings between these sides have seen 27 goals scored and that trend doesn’t look send to end this weekend.
Arsenal- Arsenal has an injury crisis on their hands in the full-back positions, with Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac all facing a race against time to recover for the visit of Liverpool.
Granit Xhaka may be forced to continue to deputise at left-back but his unfamiliarity with the role was exposed at Palace at times, while Stephan Lichtsteiner is an option if Bellerin is fit to start on the right. Place bet on various LIVE bet events on NaijaBet
Aaron Ramsey is all but certain to leave the club when his contract expires next summer but may be called upon to start as Matteo Guendouzi was sent off in the cup in midweek and is suspended. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Liverpool”
Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions (W5,D1). The Cherries are only two points off fourth and will leapfrog Tottenham and Arsenal with three points here.
Manchester United have shown signs of life in their last few Premier League matches. Jose Mourinho’s side has only lost one of their last seven in the league.
United have won their last two matches away to Bournemouth but the Cherries are in fantastic shape heading into Saturday’s encounter. Eddie Howe’s side have a real opportunity to cause an upset this weekend.
Bournemouth- Joshua King has missed Bournemouth’s last two matches through injury and will be keen to turn out against his former club on Saturday. His availability will decide what formation they play against Manchester United. Start forecasting your weekend games on NaijaBet
Eddie Howe made changes for Tuesday’s EFL Cup triumph over Norwich and will revert back to his usual starting XI on Saturday, with Ryan Fraser and David Brooks on the wings and Callum Wilson up front.
Manchester United- Jose Mourinho dropped Romelu Lukaku to the bench against former club Everton last weekend and the out-of-form striker came on and missed a sitter. Continue reading “Match Preview: Bournemouth vs Manchester United”
Tottenham’s hopes of progressing to the next round of the Champions League hang in the balance after they were held to a 2-2 draw with PSV in midweek. In the Premier League, they have won seven of nine games and are enjoying their best ever start to a top-flight campaign.
Manchester City top the table having too won seven of nine league matches so far, but are one of three teams yet to lose. Confidence will be high for Pep Guardiola’s side after their comfortable 3-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night.
Like with Spurs, the fixtures are starting to pile up for City, but with an extra day’s rest, they should capitalise with a repeat of last season’s 3-1 win at Wembley on the cards.
Tottenham- Jan Vertonghen is our until December with a hamstring issue, while Vincent Janssen is a long-term absentee for the home side.
Dele Alli and Danny Rose are closing in on a return to fitness, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll feature here.
Mauricio Pochettino could rotate as Spurs gear up to play two games in the space of three days, however, will likely save his fringe players for the Carabao Cup meeting with West Ham in midweek. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Tottenham vs Manchester City”
Jurgen Klopp will hope Liverpool have rediscovered their best form after beating FK Crvena Zvezda 4-0 on Wednesday night in the Champions League.
Liverpool are unbeaten in the league this season and have a good chance to take the outright lead in the Premier League with Manchester City playing away to Tottenham on Monday night.
Cardiff climbed out of the bottom three last weekend after picking up their first win of the season, a hugely impressive 4-2 victory over Fulham.
This is the first meeting between the two teams since March 2014 when Liverpool ran out 6-3 winners, featuring a Luis Suarez hat-trick. Liverpool has not conceded a home league goal this season and that is unlikely to change here. Start forecasting your weekend games Now
Liverpool- Jordan Henderson will miss out once again for Liverpool, while Naby Keita remains a doubt after missing Wednesday’s Champions League action.
Fabinho excelled in their absence on his first big game and looks primed to cement a place in midfield on Saturday. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Cardiff”
Arsenal has won nine games in a row in all competitions. It’s difficult to gauge how good Unai Emery’s side are playing, as they haven’t been tested against high-level opposition during that time.
Leicester have won three of their last four in all competitions but Claude Puel’s job is reportedly uncertain.
Leicester beat Arsenal the last time the two sides faced off, ending a 13-game winless streak against the Gunners.
However, the Foxes have lost their last seven matches away to Arsenal. You have to go back to 1973 to find the last time Leicester won away to Arsenal.
Arsenal- Sokratis was forced off at half-time in Greece’s 2-0 defeat to Finland on Monday and is a huge doubt for the Gunners here. Petr Cech will also require assessment closer to kick-off. Bet Now
Danny Welbeck is back in training after pulling out of England’s squad during the international break. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Arsenal vs Leicester City”
Manchester City starts the weekend top of the league on goal difference but they could be second by the time their match starts, with Chelsea hosting Manchester United in Saturday’s early kick-off. Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in the Premier League this season and have kept four clean sheets in a row.
After a terrible start to the season, Burnley are unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches and are now five points clear of the bottom three. The Clarets haven’t won away to City since 1963 and it’s unlikely they will record a historic win on Saturday.
Manchester City- Claudio Bravo and Eliaquim Mangala are both sidelined for the reigning Premier League champions, while Fabian Delph and Ilkay Gündogan are doubts. Danilo picked up an injury for Brazil on Tuesday and is unlikely to be fit enough to feature here.
Kevin De Bruyne used the international break to step up his returns from injury but the Belgium international is unlikely to be rushed back by Pep Guardiola here. Place bet on LIVE matches 24/7 on NaijaBet
Burnley- Robbie Brady and Steven Defour both got 90 minutes under their belt in a friendly against AFC Fylde during the international break, as they close in on a return to first-team action. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Manchester City vs Burnley”
Chelsea will move clear of Manchester City and Liverpool as outright Premier League leaders by avoiding defeat on Saturday, albeit that may only be the case for a number of hours.
Manchester United are seven points back and cannot really afford to lose any more ground on their top four rivals. Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge under huge pressure.
United have not won a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge since 2012 and it’s unlikely to change here, particularly given their injury woes in midfield.
Mourinho’s side did well to battle from 2-0 down at home to Newcastle to win 3-2 before the international break. Will that proves the turning point in their season or did it just paper over the cracks? Various Weekend Games Betting Options are available on NaijaBet
Chelsea- Antonio Rudiger withdrew from Germany’s squad during the international break and is a doubt for Chelsea on Saturday. Continue reading “Premier League Match Preview: Chelsea vs Manchester United”
Liverpool suffered their second defeat in three matches in midweek, going down 1-0 to Napoli. They didn’t even manage a shot on target in Naples. Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in the league but their performances have not been good over the last three matches.
Manchester City starts the weekend above Liverpool on goal difference but have a poor record at Anfield, last winning there in the Premier League in 2003. They have conceded seven goals in their last two visits, including last season’s Champions League mauling.
Guardiola has suffered more defeats against Klopp than any manager in his career (8) but the Liverpool boss will need a big response from his players after a really flat midweek performance.
Liverpool- Naby Keita has been cleared of any serious injury after being forced off in the first half of Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Napoli on Wednesday with severe back pain. It would be a surprise if he started here. Naija and Bet
Liverpool’s performances have dipped considerably in recent weeks, which will be a concern for Jurgen Klopp ahead of Sunday’s mouthwatering clash with reigning champions Manchester City. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Manchester City”
Manchester United are winless in four matches and their supporters booed the team off after a 0-0 draw with Valencia on Tuesday night. There are suggestions Jose Mourinho will be sacked if they lose to Newcastle on Saturday.
Things aren’t going well for Newcastle, either. Rafa Benitez was also booed following a 2-0 defeat to Leicester last weekend and the Magpies are still looking for their first win all season. They have lost six of eight matches in all competitions.
Newcastle won at Old Trafford in 2013 but lost 4-1 on their last visit. Do not expect a similar result in favour of United this time around, as Mourinho appears to have lost a large section of the dressing room. The crisis will deepen if they fail to win on Saturday evening. Bet Now
Manchester United- Marcos Rojo, Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard are all expected to miss out for Manchester United, while Ashley Young is a doubt.
Jose Mourinho’s side are winless in four matches and struggling for the right balance in attack and defence. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Manchester United vs Newcastle United”
Chelsea knocked Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup with a 2-1 win at Anfield on Wednesday night and they’ll hope to repeat that victory in Saturday’s evening kick-off at Stamford Bridge.
Their 100% record ended at West Ham last week and a return to winning ways against Liverpool would send out a strong statement of intent.
The Reds were understrength against Chelsea in midweek, yet a host of regular starters are expected to return to the first team fold, including former Chelsea man Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alisson and Joe Gomez, to name five.
Liverpool has won two of the last three league meetings between these two at Stamford Bridge and the table toppers will hope to capitalise on any centre-back uncertainty in the hosts’ camp. Start forecasting your weekend games now
This is a tough game to call and while Chelsea will have been buoyed by their Carabao Cup win on Wednesday, with the two teams reverting to their stronger XIs, we could see a draw here.
Chelsea- Marco van Ginkel is ruled out for Chelsea, while Maurizio Sarri is sweating on the fitness of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen for the welcome of Liverpool. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Liverpool”
Liverpool secured a 3-2 win over PSG in midweek to get their Champions League campaign up and running. Jurgen Klopp will have been unhappy in the manner with which they threw away a two-goal lead, but they are unbeaten in their last four home league meetings with Southampton.
Saints, too, threw away a two-goal lead earlier this week as they were held 2-2 by Brighton. They won their last away league game, coming away 2-0 victors at Crystal Palace, yet will be up against it against a rampant Liverpool side.
Liverpool has looked a little shaky at the back of late but should extend their unbeaten home run and maintain their 100% start to the season here. Latest weekend game odds, Bet now on NaijaBet
Liverpool- Dejan Lovren has returned to training, but he is unlikely to start for Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp unlikely to make wholesale changes, despite their Carabao Cup meeting with Chelsea next week.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Adam Lallana are ruled out with knee and groin problems, respectively. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Liverpool vs Southampton”
Watford are one of only three sides with a 100 per cent record in the Premier League this season. The Hornets have incredibly won their opening four matches.
Manchester United have won two and lost two of their opening four and languish down in mid-table. It’s been a difficult start to the season for Jose Mourinho and it shows no sign of relenting here.
United have struggled at Vicrage Road of late. They have conceded on each of their last five visits and have shipped five goals in their last two. Did the international break come at the wrong time for Watford or can they inflict more misery on Mourinho’s side?
Watford- Tom Cleverley, Gerard Deulofeu and Miguel Britos are the only injury concerns for Watford this weekend.
Javi Gracia is not expected to make any changes from the side that started their 2-1 win over Tottenham before the international break.
Manchester United- Diogo Dalot insists he is ready to make his Manchester United derby but will likely be saved for their EFL Cup match with Derby later this month.
Marcus Rashford starts a three-match suspension this weekend after a straight red card against Burnley before the international break. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Watford vs Manchester United”
Chelsea have won their first four Premier League games while Cardiff have two points from four games and are only a point above the bottom three and Cardiff have lost 4-1 on their last two trips to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea- Cesc Fabregas is still on the mend, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is reportedly sidelined for a few weeks with a foot injury. Few changes are expected from the home side.
Cardiff- Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Aron Gunnarsson are sidelined, while Josh Murphy remains a doubt.
Kenneth Zohore will hope to return to the starting XI at the expense of Bobby Reid.
Danny Ward scored on his first start of the season and will hope to be rewarded with another go from the off here. Place on Live Events 24/7 on NaijaBet
Chelsea have been drawing at half-time and winning at full time in their last 3 matches (Premier League). Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Cardiff”
Tottenham’s 100% start to the season came to an abrupt end before the international break as they fell to a 2-1 loss at Watford. They won this fixture 4-1 last season, but this won’t be a mere walk in the park for the north London side.
Along with Watford and Chelsea, Liverpool have won four of four and top the Premier League coming into their trip to Wembley. Since their 4-1 loss to Spurs at Wembley last term, the Reds have conceded just 23 goals in 33 league matches, fewer than any other top-flight side over that same period.
This is a tough one to call, but promises to be an exciting match between two of the Premier League’s most entertaining teams. Various betting options are available on site, Bet now
Tottenham- Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to call Eric Dier back into the squad after starting the 2-1 loss to Watford on the bench.
Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli miss out through injury, with Michel Vorm and Mousa Dembele set to start in goal and midfield, respectively, while Moussa Sissoko and Erik Lamela will be assessed before Saturday’s lunchtime kick off.
Juan Foyth and Vincent Janssen are both ruled out for the hosts, but Son Heung-Min has returned from international duty. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Tottenham vs Liverpool”
Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw with Wolves last weekend and will look to return to winning ways when they host Newcastle. They’ve won five of their last six home meetings with Newcastle, scoring 22 goals in that run.
Newcastle have made a disappointing start to the season, picking up just one point so far, and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night.
Against a City side hellbent on returning to winning ways after a week off from competitive action, they could face a long 90 minutes at the Etihad Stadium.
Indeed, the hosts should make light work of Newcastle here. NaijaBet
Manchester City- Pep Guardiola is without Danilo, Eliaquim Mangala, Kevin De Bruyne and Claudio Bravo for the welcome of Newcastle.
The City boss could name a similar looking XI to the one that started the 6-1 win over Huddersfield, which would see Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus lead the attack. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Newcastle United”
Chelsea have won their first three league games and beat Newcastle last weekend with 81% possession. They were turned over 3-0 the last time they played Bournemouth at home and will be out for revenge on Saturday.
Bournemouth have made an impressive start to the season, unbeaten through four matches in all competitions. They even came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Everton last weekend.
This should be an entertaining game between two sides that try and play appealing football. Chelsea haven’t had it all their own way against the Cherries in the past and should expect another tough encounter.
Chelsea- Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has no reason to make any changes from the side that beat Newcastle last weekend.
Eden Hazard started his first game of the season and will remain in the XI.
Bournemouth- Diego Rico and Jefferson Lerma both made their Bournemouth debuts in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over MK Dons in the EFL Cup. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Bournemouth”
Leicester have won three in a row since their opening day defeat to Manchester United and have kept clean sheets in two of those outings.
Liverpool have made a 100 percent start to the season after three matches and are the only side left in the Premier League yet to concede.
Leicester are in a good place at the moment but the absence of Jamie Vardy really hurts their chances of getting something on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool are Vardy’s favourite opponents in terms of goals scored (7) and would have put their perfect defensive record to the test. Various Betting Options are available on Site
Jurgen Klopp’s side have won three of the last four meetings between the two sides, all by a one-goal margin. It should be slightly more comfortable for them here.
Leicester- Jamie Vardy completes a three-game ban for Leicester this weekend and his absence is a huge blow for the Foxes. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Leicester vs Liverpool”
Newcastle have started the season with two straight defeats. Their performances have been good in patches but Rafa Benitez will be desperate to get some points on the board as quickly as possible.
Maurizio Sarri has won his first two Premier League games as Chelsea manager, defeating Huddersfield and Arsenal. Now he faces off against the man he replaced at Napoli in 2015, Rafa Benitez. Sarri is unbeaten in two previous meetings with Benitez, downing Napoli 4-2 with minnows Empoli in one of the matches.
Chelsea are winless in their last five matches away to Newcastle, so can expect a tough afternoon on Sunday. They have lost four of those but are in a much better place compared to their opponents heading into the weekend and will hope to change that record here.
Newcastle United- Isaac Hayden is suspended for Newcastle after his red card against Cardiff last time out. Various Betting options on NaijaBet
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Arsenal have lost their first two league matches but Unai Emery was handed a difficult start, with matches against the last two Premier League cham- pions Manchester City and Chelsea. The Gunners will be desperate to get off the mark in this London derby.
West Ham have also lost their first two matches, following up a 4-0 loss to Liverpool with a 2-1 defeat at home to Bournemouth last weekend. The latter would have been particularly disappointing for the Hammers as they took the lead in that match.
West Ham have only scored two goals in their last five matches against Arsenal and were beaten 4-1 on their last visit to the Emirates. Their difficult start to the season looks set to continue here.
Arsenal- Mesut Ozil could lose his place in the starting XI after an unconvincing start to life under new Arsenal manager Unai Emery.
Granit Xhaka has also struggled in midfield for the Gunners and will surely be replaced against West Ham.
Nacho Monreal recovered from injury to start at left-back for Arsenal and should continue here for the home side. Bet Now
Danny Welbeck was fit enough for a place on the bench against Chelsea last weekend. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Arsenal vs West Ham”
Wolves have made a disappointing start to life back in the Premier League, only managing one point from their opening two matches.
Manchester City are high on confidence after thrashing Huddersfield 6-1 last weekend. They have made a perfect start to the defence of their Premier League title.
Pep Guardiola’s side failed to score in 120 minutes against Wolves in the League Cup last season, requiring penalties against the then-Championship side.
Wolves can take confidence from that performance but they aren’t expected to have the same joy here. City already look irresistible and look set for another three points. Start forecasting your weekend games Now
Wolverhampton Wanderers- Adama Traoré made his Wolves debut from the bench in a 2-0 defeat to Leicester last weekend and will push to start here.
Matt Doherty was forced off following a horrendous tackle from Jamie Vardy last weekend, which resulted in a red card for the Leicester striker, and remains a doubt here.
Ivan Cavaleiro is expected to miss out for the home side once again, while Leander Dendoncker lacks match fitness and will hope to make the bench at best here. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City”
Brighton slipped to a 2-0 defeat away to Watford on the opening weekend of the new Premier League season and will be out to cause a shock against Manchester United for a second home encounter in a row.
United overcame Leicester 2-1 last weekend but generally struggled away to sides like Brighton and Huddersfield last season. Jose Mourinho’s side are still vulnerable in these early stages and will have to improve their performance from last weekend to come away with all three points here.
Brighton have conceded a staggering 23 league goals from set-pieces since the start of last season and the return of Ashley Young could prove key for the away side here. Only Watford have conceded more (24) from deadball positions in the Premier League during the same period. Bet Now
Brighton- Yves Bissouma made a good impact off the bench in Brighton’s opening-weekend 2-0 defeat to Watford and will push for a full debut here.
Glenn Murray recovered from a knock to start against the Hornets, while Jurgen Locadia was only fit enough for a place on the bench.
Chris Hughton is hopeful Jose Izquierdo and Florin Andone will be available next weekend, while James Tilley remains a doubt for the Seagulls. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Brighton vs Manchester United”
Manchester City followed up their Community Shield victory over Chelsea with an opening-weekend 2-0 win away to Arsenal. Pep Guardiola’s side only managed a 0-0 draw in this fixture last season but did thump the Terriers 5-1 at home in the FA Cup last year. Expect a result closer to the latter than the former here.
Huddersfield were comprehensively beaten 3-0 by Chelsea on the opening-weekend and things will be more difficult on Sunday when they travel to the Etihad to face defending Premier League champions City. The Terriers only won three of their 19 Premier League away matches last season, failing to score in 13 of those.
Manchester City- Danilo and Eliaquim Mangala are still sidelined for the home side, while they have now been joined by star man Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian could reportedly be out for as long as three months with a serious knee injury.
Ilkay Gündogan should keep his place in midfield as a result of De Bruyne’s injury, as David Silva still hasn’t featured for Pep Guardiola’s side and will lack match fitness. Premier League, La Liga, SerieA, and Ligue1 Betting options are available on NaijaBet
Gabriel Jesus will hope to replace Sergio Aguero up front, while Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, and Riyad Mahrez compete for starting berths on the flanks.
John Stones and Aymeric Laporte have started both of City’s games so far this season and should continue at the heart of their defence here. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Manchester City vs Huddersfield”
Chelsea got their season up and running with a comfortable 3-0 win over Huddersfield on Saturday. The Blues are unbeaten in nine of their last 10 home meetings, winning seven, so will fancy their chances of putting another three points on the board here.
Arsenal were outplayed in their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City last Sunday and their start to the season doesn’t get any easier with their trip to Stamford Bridge. Unai Emery will hope his side are a little more defensively disciplined than they were against City last week.
However, while Emery will hope for an improvement, Chelsea should inflict further misery upon Arsenal in Saturday’s Premier League game of the weekend. Latest odd for Weekend Games are available on NaijaBet
Chelsea- Cesc Fabregas is carrying a knee injury and joins Izzy Brown and Marco van Ginkel on the sidelines.
It remains to be seen if Mateo Kovacic will feature having missed out on the 18-man squad at Huddersfield, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek in line to start at Ross Barkley’s expense in midfield. Continue reading “EPL Match Preview: Chelsea vs Arsenal”